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Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
05/02/21 07:39:40PM
34 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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LOL to "Bag of Kazoos" band! 

I guess I will add to my list (forgot about these the first time) - 

  • Fender guitar - my first stringed instrument
  • Gretsch 5 string banjo
  • Several pennywhistles in D
  • Native American Flute in B minor - High Spirits
  • Old band instruments - flute, oboe. cornet
  • Gretsch sunburst mandolin (my husband is playing this)
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
04/08/21 06:44:07PM
34 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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I have 5 mountain dulcimers but always looking at new ones winker

  • McCafferty chromatic - walnut/redwood top
  • McSpadden diatonic - cherry/redwood top
  • Folkroots - diatonic strung as a baritone
  • Clemmer Ban-Jammer - walnut, chromatic
  • Folkcraft - diatonic, all walnut

Also:

  • 5 ukuleles of various types - banjo hybrid, ebony tenor, Fluke, etc.
  • Bowed psaltery - Pete Braden 1997
  • Ugears hurdy-gurdey
  • Rick Thum 17/17 chromatic hammered dulcimer -  gently used - Adirondack spruce/ walnut/ hard rock maple - newest addition to the music room 
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
10/02/20 09:11:27AM
34 posts

What Are You Working On?


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I have been working on Wendy Songe's version of "King of the Fairies". Fun tune! Also, I recently purchased the sheet music of "John Barleycorn" as performed by Steve Winwood of Traffic and working out chords, etc on my chromatic dulcimer. 

Jan,

   Someday I would like to learn how to write out a score on Tabledit also. Good luck and looking forward to hear about your progress!    

Jan Potts:

I'm working on learning how to make a score (TAB and standard notation) using Tabledit.  I'm using it with an original composition, trying to see how possible it is for me to get some of the music in my head into written form.  Of course, with my issues with reading tab, I probably won't be able to play my own tab once it's complete!

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/30/19 09:01:07AM
34 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


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That use of a striker is fun and intriguing. I will try this but anyone seen any videos of mountain dulcimer instructors using this technique? 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/23/18 10:04:23AM
34 posts




Enjoying the responses and photos for this question. My new "favorite" that I likely would grab in the zombie apocalypse would be the chromatic McCafferty that I received this summer. Terry kindly customized the inlay pattern on the fretboard, which I LOVE and it has that loud, nice tone that Dusty described below. But I like my all-walnut Folkcraft for it's warm, full tone and I like my cherry/redwood McSpadden for it's happy sound, etc., so it would be a hard choice. 

McCafferty .jpg


updated by @gale-a-barr: 11/23/18 10:30:31AM
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/19/18 08:34:24PM
34 posts

Capo for Radius Fretboard?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

@D-Chitwood , sure would like to hear a sound file from your new Bella dulcimer....winker

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/03/18 03:02:35PM
34 posts

Waiter’s tray stand


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Hi Don -

   I purchased mine at the Evart, MI Funfest this summer and I think it was about $180.  I am not seeing the stand on the Gary's website yet-  https://www.prussiavalley.com/ but I am sure you could give Gary a call to discuss. It can be folded up nicely for transport. Let me know if you want some photos.

 

 

 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/03/18 01:42:16PM
34 posts

Waiter’s tray stand


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I have one of Gary Sager's dulcimer stands. Beautiful oak and has multiple adjustments available to customize to your needs. 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
09/29/18 02:09:48PM
34 posts

Capritaurus Dulcimer listed on Goodwill auction


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Hi all -   Was browsing Goodwill auctions and saw this beauty listed on the Goodwill auction site. I shouldn't be looking as just received my McCafferty but it's fun to look. Label says built in 1973. Maybe someone else on this site is looking for one? Admin, please move this listing to the For Sale area if you deem appropriate. 

 

Capritaurus Dulcimer

 

 


updated by @gale-a-barr: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
04/15/18 08:21:02PM
34 posts

new member


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Yes, Neal has a good version of this in his "Hits of the Beatles" book - I really like it. Some of the tunes are tabbed for the more advanced player. 

 

https://www.elderly.com/hits-of-the-beatles-dulcimer-solo.htm

 

 

 

 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
01/18/18 10:13:52PM
34 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


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Hi all -

  Sorry for the delay in responding - work and fragile health of my father has been requiring my attention. Thanks again for all of the suggestions. I am going to the different options as time and budget allows. 

  

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
12/28/17 04:25:46PM
34 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


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Ken, Dusty, Robin -
Thanks for the excellent, thoughtful responses! I may try the violin pickup at first just to get a feel for it and then start looking into the other options you have suggested, like the SM 57 mike and Roland amp. Thanks again and have a happy New Year!
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
12/27/17 02:40:39PM
34 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Should add that I have a standard size McSpadden and a couple of Folkcraft dulcimers I would like to amplify...
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
12/27/17 02:33:27PM
34 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


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Hi all -

   I am looking for some advice on any moderately-priced external pickups that work well with a mountain dulcimer and would work with the cute Kala amp I bought for my tenor uke this past summer. See attached for photo of amp and cord.  My DH gave me a gift certificate to Elderly Instruments and looking to use that if possible.  I don't have a lot of knowledge of "electrified" dulcimers but trying to learn from this site and others. Thanks in advance for any advice!


Amp.jpg Amp.jpg - 200KB
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/05/17 02:38:34PM
34 posts

Your "Dream Dulcimer?


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My dream dulcimer at this point ... a large body , shorter scale VSL (25"), with false bottom - want the volume! happys  Built in pickup and chromatic setup. Wood, I am flexible but ebony fretboard would be nice.  Played a McCafferty dulcimer at Evart with a lot of these features - nice but open to suggestions....

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
02/12/17 02:37:33PM
34 posts

Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?


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Hi -

  Just looking for some reviews, thoughts, etc of the Gold Tone Dulciborn. I heard a women at the Evart Funfest last year play one and thought it was pretty neat. She did say she purchased it used and had to have some adjustments done due to some warping of the fretboard( I believe). Volume was impressive. Any Dulciborn owners out there that could share their experience with this instrument? Thanks!

 

Gold Tone Dulciborn

 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/01/15 09:27:45AM
34 posts

Putting bass strings on a standard dulcimer?


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Hi all -

  Thank you all for your thoughts on this. I spoke with Richard (I think that was his name) at Folkcraft a couple of weeks ago about setting one of their make-your-own dulcimer kits as a baritone. His only suggestion was to perhaps order a longer fretboard and seemed to think that setting up as a baritone would be fine. The kits come standard with the 27". I did not ask about setting up as a bass at that time. I could call them back and see what they say about changing a shop-made dulcimer.

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
10/31/15 04:16:17PM
34 posts

Putting bass strings on a standard dulcimer?


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Hi - I posted this also on the Everything Dulcimer forum....
  I just purchased a Folkroots/Folkcraft Model: D550s-520, Dated: 2-10-2004, from a member of Everything Dulcimer. I have ordered some appropriate strings to put on this instrument to enable me to play it as a baritone. This dulcimer has a deeper (3") body and has a nice throaty sound. Would it harm the instrument in anyway if I put larger gauge strings (.022, .022, .036 and .052.) on this instrument to try playing as a bass also? The owners of the music store I spoke with asked this question and I do not know the answer. Is the structure of a purpose-made bass dulcimer more reinforced than a standard mountain dulcimer? The string notchs in the nut and bridge might have to be altered?

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
06/24/15 10:02:09PM
34 posts

New Possum Board


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Thanks Robert and Ken - I am checking out my options now to see if I should make or buy one!

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
06/22/15 08:40:48PM
34 posts

New Possum Board


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That is beautiful! Where is the best place to purchase one? Not sure if I have time to make one.

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
06/19/15 09:32:09PM
34 posts

Interesting looking dulcimer setup


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Thought I would share this curious setup from the goodwill website. Anyone seen something like this before?

Dulcimer with playing table

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/21/14 08:20:41PM
34 posts

Playing dulcimer with a ukelele


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Thanks, everyone! We will have to get capo for the ukes and give thata try....

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
07/30/14 10:23:39PM
34 posts

Playing dulcimer with a ukelele


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Correction: soprano and tenor ukes are usually tuned in the key of c - foggy brain late at night.....
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
07/30/14 10:11:47PM
34 posts

Playing dulcimer with a ukelele


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Hi -

My hubby is the proud newowner of not just one ukulele, but 2 ( a little Diamondheadsoprano and tenor Fluke) and I as a beginner/intermediate player of a dulcimer would like to play together. The ukes are commonly tuned to the key of G. We have been experimenting a bit but should I retune to CGC to make it easier to accompany him or capo to G while in DAD tuning? I am open to any suggestions to make it easier to do.... ...thanks!


updated by @gale-a-barr: 02/25/19 03:50:36AM
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
07/30/14 10:49:28PM
34 posts

Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST!


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Awesome! Thank you! Can't wait to see the fobs.....and Happy Birthday FOTMD!
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
10/12/14 10:55:15AM
34 posts

What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?


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Tim and Ken,

Those are great suggestions! I have found the SMN for these and can't wait to try them. I have been listening to some Youtube verions also of all of the suggestions. I am sure others reading this thread appreciate these ideas for haunting tunes too.

Ken, I have played a few tune in Aeolian mode after reading Strumlia's blog about it and really like it. That would be perfect for these types of tunes.

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
10/11/14 09:14:31PM
34 posts

What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?


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Thanks John! I will try to get a copy of that!


updated by @gale-a-barr: 07/15/15 06:13:31AM
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
10/11/14 05:56:59PM
34 posts

What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?


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I found this old thread as it is now October and Halloween is approaching.Anyone have some additional tabs, links, or ideasof spooky songs to play on the dulcimer? I can pick some of the easier, contemporary ones that come to mind - "Addams Family" that are just for but I am sure others out there can think of others? Tubular Bellsused in the Exorcistwould be interesting....